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Rehabilitated Adomi bridge to be opened to traffic

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Adomi Bridge

Motorists who use the Adomi bridge to connect to Accra and other parts of the country will soon heave a sigh of relief, when President Mahama reopens the rehabilitated bridge situated at Atimpoku in the eastern region to vehicular traffic  this weekend.
This follows the completion of an 18 months extensive  rehabilitation works by the  Austrian construction and Engineering  firm, Bilfinger MCE GmbH on the  335metre bridge,  spanning across the Volta river.
The bridge which  connects  the Volta region  to other parts of the country through  the eastern region, was closed down in March 2014, for its  first  major rehabilitation after it was commissioned over  five decades ago.
The  closure  created a lot of inconvenience to   motorists and  travelers moving from the central and northern parts of the Volta region to the national capital, Accra, as they spent long hours waiting   to cross the river with the two ferries provided by the Ghana  Highway Authority at Senchi.
Senchi Ferry Site
Ahead of the grand opening of the 12.9 million euros refurbished  edifice  by President Mahama,  some transport operators at the Ho Lorry station are already  heaving a sigh of relief.
According them, the reopening of the bridge will ease their traveling difficulties as the long hours spent during a single trip will reduce drastically.
“The is a welcoming news to us, because it will release our burden of crossing the river with the pontoon and sometimes when it is night, we have to sleep over. Now when  the bridge is opened, there will be no sleeping at the pontoon site and the crossing will be at every time, any moment,” a driver with the Cooperative Transport told Volta Online.
They are also optimistic the tolls that will be charge at the bridge will be far cheaper than exorbitant rates  they pay at the ferry site.
“With the opening of the bridge, I hope there will be a big difference in the tolls, because in the past we pay  GHc 1 at the bridge but with the pontoon we pay GHc 8, which is too much for us,” Nii stated.

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